Monday, October 26, 2020

Player Race - The Wakeful

All sorts of monsters love to gobble up adventurers, a possibility that most players have tried to avoid. Most try to make their character too fearsome to be worth the trouble to kill, or else too sneaky to be worth the trouble to hunt down, but what if monsters never wanted to eat you in the first place? What if there just wasn't enough meat on your bones to be satisfying to the average famished owlbear? 
What if you were only bones?
Now, with our new skeletal player race, you can find out. The wakeful have all the calcium of a classic skeleton, with none of the necromancy, guaranteed! If you want to help us keep the meat on our bones and in our bellies, feel free to support us on Kofi, and look for more content soon!

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Monster Design: the Lingering Wills

 Content Warning: This document will discuss themes of death, old age, mental illness, and dementia.

The lingering wills are the manifestation of the now deceased’s desperate desires, taking the form of a spectral undead. The concept for them started with a desire to make undead creatures that truly felt like the remnants of the people they once were, similar to how spirits are generally portrayed in a lot of culture and media. I was largely inspired by my experience being around people with dementia; it’s an illness that traps you within yourself, and reduces your psyche to its most basic and prominent components. It’s a horrifying reality; one that I saw taking form in a monster. A spirit who is lost and confused, only left with a burning desire. While DnD certainly is not lacking in representation for this type of undead, such as with ghosts, wights, and revenants, I felt as though there was more room to make a monster that properly represented this concept through more tailored flavor and mechanics. And thus, I began to work on what would become the lingering wills.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Monster - Lingering Wills

 Do you have any regrets? We don't, but our new monsters are made of them. A lingering will is an undead creature that persists because of its unfinished business, and each have their own way of trying to finish their leftover work. Have a look at these first few apparitions, and let us know what other sorts of regrets and lost goals you'd like to see turned into monsters. If you want to see more content sooner, support us on Kofi, and let your party members know about us, too!

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Subclass Design: Master of Games & Yu-Gi-Oh!

It’s time to D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL!!! Compelled Duel that is. Well not really. Look, the point is, Yugi Warlock.

Now I know you’re wondering, and why yes, to answer your extremely specific question that you definitely had, our recent release “Otherworldly Patron: Master of Games” was indeed inspired by everyone’s favorite case of bad hair day. That is, I was inspired to play a Yugi-esque ‘King of Games’ in 5e.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Too Many Races in DnD 5e: 3 Potential Solutions

I started playing 5th edition around the release of Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. Needless to say, I never experienced ‘vanilla’ 5e with its constraints and limitations. My first experience creating a character in 5th edition, and indeed in any TTRPG, was a fairly smooth one. I could choose from a handful of races present in the Player’s Handbook and Volo’s Guide to Monsters. With the release of more and more supplemental products, however, I have now found myself somewhat bogged down by the sheer amount of options available, especially as a DM and worldbuilder.

As a Dungeon Master, the ability to integrate these races into a coherent setting is tumultuous at best. On one hand, I want my players to have a choice. I want someone to, within reason, be able to choose a race from published D&D content and bring it to my table, confident in their ability to play what they desire. And yet, to do so is to have a world with a daunting number of cultures and fantasy races, a world where gith and warforged travel alongside drow and firbolg, to the point where it seems every adventuring party I’ve run since 2018 rarely consists of two beings from even the same plane of existence.

A lizardfolk, a changeling, and a centaur walk into a bar... (Art: Jeskai Ascendancy by Dan Scott)